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    In which I imagine curing my punk-rock hero of his nihilism.



Richard Hell
When you were a punk star
I was only five years of age
You cut your arm
But meant no harm
Burned down a farm
Just to watch the fire rage

You were alone inside your head
So you said
Let me out of here!

Who said it was good
To be alive?
You’re still alive
You’re Richard Hell

Richard Hell
You’d forgotten where the other world was

Riding high
On my daddy’s shoulders,
I had never heard tell of you.
I could find
Outside my mind
A world so kind
Did you never have a dad?

I was a child, but so were you
You were, too,
Mr. Richard Hell!

You said it’s no good
If I’da known you
I’da shown you
Something good

Richard Hell
You’d forgotten where the other world was


from A Layman’s Guide to The Shut​-​Ups, released June 15, 2012
originally appears on the album “The Shut-Ups”
(c) 2000 Down Syndrome Superhero Music, ASCAP

Don Condescending: keyboards, drums, lead and backing vocals
Jason NeSmith: guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Kenny Howes: bass

Produced by Christopher Snell and Jason NeSmith at Magic Foot Studio, Atlanta, GA



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